Rain Stick Craft

In order to celebrate the rainy month of April, and to ensure a flowery May, we made Native American-inspired rain sticks to encourage the rain. This is a great craft to make if you want to make something using recycled household items.


  1. Cardboard tube (either a paper towel roll or a mailing tube).
  2. Brown paper (packaging paper or a brown paper bag cut to fit around the tube).
  3. Small piece of cardboard ( a cereal box or something similar will do).
  4. Two pipe cleaners.
  5. String, yarn or twine.
  6. Rice, beans, or small pasta.
  7. Glue
  8. Markers
  9. Various embellishments such as sequins, feathers and/or beads.


  1. Trace the ends of the tube onto the brown paper and the cardboard. Cut out 2 circles from each. Glue the cardboard circle and then the brown paper circle onto one side of the tube. Begin coloring the brown paper and allow the circles to dry for a few minutes.
  2. Connect the pipe cleaners in order to make one long pipe cleaner. Wind the long pipe cleaner around a broom handle to create a spiral that is about the same length as the cardboard tube. Place the pipe cleaners inside of the tube.
  3. Next, place a handful of each of the various beans, rice and/or pasta into the tube. Glue the other circles onto the end of the tube.
  4. Place glue on the back of the decorated brown paper and wrap around the tube.
  5. Tie on the string and decorate!
Note: Allow the rain stick to dry before shaking.